Block Format Cover Letter Example

block format cover letter
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The following is an example of a cover letter written in block format. In this sample, your contact information and that of the employer, if you have it, the body of the letter, and the greeting and closing, are all left justified.

If you don't have contact information for the employer, start your letter directly after your information.

Block Format Cover Letter Example

Your Name 
Your Address 
Your City, State, Zip Code 
Your Phone Number 
Your Email 

Date 

Name
Title 
Organization 
Address 
City, State, Zip Code 

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name: 

First Paragraph: Why You Are Writing. Remember to include the name of a mutual contact, if you know someone at the organization. Mention the job you are interested in and where you heard about the company. Be clear and concise regarding your request. 

Middle Paragraphs: What You Have to Offer. Convince the readers that they should grant the interview or appointment you requested in the first paragraph. Make connections between your abilities and their needs or your need for information and their ability to provide it.

Final Paragraph: How You Will Follow Up. Remember, it is your responsibility to follow-up if feasible. State that you will do so and provide the professional courtesy of indicating when (one week's time is typical).

Sincerely, 

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

Modified Block Format Option

Another option is to create a modified block format cover letter.

With this format, your name, return address, contact information, and date are on the top right, and your closing and signature are on the bottom right. The employer's contact information (and the remainder of the letter) is left justified. 

How to Send an Email Cover Letter

If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message.

Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation.

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